Experience all the tranquility and the magic and history of local lore with this full-day guided tour through Siberia’s off-the-grid towns. Tunka valley and Arshan Town demonstrate the traditional nomadic life of Siberia. The Valley is described as a blessed place in local legends, where cows and horses walk freely in grasslands surrounded by the snowy peaks. From ancient times, the hot mineral springs brought the people health and strength.
• 14 hours
Learn about the history of the city of Irkutsk, events in the life of its residents and see its unique architecture, wooden and stone houses in this 2.5-hour walking tour as you walk the main streets of the city.
• 2.5 hours
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique monument of the engineering minds of late XIX century. Used to be the the most expensive part of the Transsiberian railway, now it is still the most interesting and beautiful one, became a part of Baikal National Park. Visit of this part of railway will give you an understanding of architecture and construction solutions of that days, and the feel of unique nature of the lake. You will go downhill through taiga forest, following the river of Angasolka till its connection with the lake. It is a small village there, used to build for railway workers. Then you will follow the tracks, touching stones in the tunnels built in early 1900s and feeling the breeze of the lake. After the walk we will have a lunch and enjoy the view of the Southern Baikal from the viewpoint. We highly recommend this tour to everybody who is interested in the Transsiberian railway!
• 10 hours
Ethnographical tour around the Lake Baikal area, an exiting visit to the region where Shamanism is still practised. It is a brilliant way to experience the Buryat people’s traditional hospitality and cuisine, to enjoy their dancing and music. You are invited to take part in the original ceremony of "meeting-and-greeting" guests at a Buryat dwelling, view the folk art, make offerings to the local spirits, and feel like a medieval nomad.
• 7 hours